Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The strength and roughness of Sangiovese, bridled by Cabernet Sauvignon’s typically profound ability to define a style: Calanco is a wine in which the unique balance between these two opposite grape varieties produces a profound result. To do this requiredthe ability to find unexpected complementarities, which invitethose sipping it to discover a richness and a great variety of sensations that stimulate the instinctive desire to continue discovering, sip by sip, the richness of this wine.
Deep ruby red in color with purple highlights, it has aromas of red fruit, currants, raspberries and blueberries combined with spice notes that open up in the glass with balsamic sensations. The taste is intense, elegant, with the typically spicy Cabernet that evolves into a hint of paprika. Smooth, mellowed tannins give a soft, silky, lingering finish that leaves room for a delicate hint of vanilla.
Soil: Volcanic origin, hilly, at 280m elevation, southwest exposure.
Grape variety: Sangiovese (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%)
Vineyard age: 14 to 25 years
Density: 3500-4000 vines per hectare
Yield: 5000 kg per hectare, resulting from substantial pruning and subsequent selective thinning
Training system: Rammed cordon
Harvesting begins in mid-October, after the grapes have reached their maximum polyphenol potential. Fermentation in cement tanks at 27°C for 8-10 days, followed by maceration for 10-15 days. After racking and malolactic fermentation, it rests in French oak barrels for 13-16 months where it develops its delicate bouquet and its polyphenolic structure matures. After 3-4 more months in the tank, it is bottled and left to rest for 12-14 months before being puton the market. A wine that ages well; time is friend, not foe, and enhances its characteristics.
Goes very well with grilled or braised meat; also excellent with hard, slow ripening cheeses. It will pleasantly surprise you also after dinner, sitting by the fire.
ORIGIN OF THE NAME
Named after the calanchi, local formations of ridges separated by deep bare channels caused by the erosion of exposed clay.